Kirk Cameron’s "Unstoppable" clearly was a different type of animal from the standard movie cranked out of Hollywood’s production machine. As Cameron quipped in the introduction, “Hollywood doesn’t quite know what to do with it”.http://www.wset.com/story/23520935/thousands-attend-lu-premiere-of-kirk-cameron-film
Cameron took advantage of the self-written, self-directed, and practically all self-promoted production that was made with the assistance of America’s largest Christian non-profit college, Liberty University. The odds of putting forth such a mammoth undertaking was similar to the resistance Hollywood gave to Mel Gibson in “The Passion of the Christ”. No other Christian movie since has received such anticipation than with “Unstoppable”.
Entertainment social media giants Facebook and U-Tube at first blocked the promotion of Cameron’s movie trailers that promoted “Unstoppable” for being “unsafe” and “abusive”, perhaps giving a shot in the arm to the release after millions of Cameron followers flooded the two social networks with protests of Cameron’s movie being unfairly censored. After public pressure the two media giants relented and allowed Cameron’s trailers to be viewed.
There could not have been a better situation manufactured for generating interest as many of the venues exclusively showcasing “Unstoppable” sold out due to the public wanting to see what the fuss was all about.
As with many attending, it was difficult knowing what to expect since Cameron’s other productions as “Fireproof” and “Monumental” each had a different flavor. This Cameron film turned out to be a combo of infomercial, documentary, and evangelistic outreach rolled into one.
Instead of the trailers that pump up soon to be released features, Cameron promoted the support received from Liberty University and the benefits of obtaining a complete college experience. The rally culminated at the Liberty’s gymnasium packed with enthusiastic students and faculty. The atmospheric intensity rivaled a pep rally.
Cameron had Christian sensation Mandisa sing her current hit “Overcomer” to the rhythmic beat of the audience. Afterwards Cameron introduced a Vietnam veteran who lost his legs to an exploding mine as he gave a powerful personal testimony on how his faith and prayer sustained him through the personal tragedy. The father of a slain Navy Seal protecting our embassy in Benghazi gave another strong example of how the love of Christ helped the family through the ordeal.
Seasoned Christians with understanding could relate to the fact that God is present even in times of personal trials. Those not familiar with how God operates will probably fail to understand why suffering and death is not stopped by a God with sovereign power over everything.
The evening was clearly a testament to the ministry reach Liberty University has, a rationale behind why God will handle evil the way God does in the Bible story of Adam and Eve, and a terrific personal story that Cameron translates over to the question of “why does God allow bad things happen to good people”. Cameron weaves in the story of Noah to place emphasis on why God moved as He did on the prolific evil taking place before The Flood.
If you came to “Unstoppable” looking to be personally entertained with gratuitous violence or sex or for personal escapism which describes many Hollywood movies, then you are probably going to be disappointed. Those absent of Christian values will not grasp the meaning of what Cameron is attempting to present.
Cameron does present compelling reasons why God does as God does. But as with the words of Moses that were given to Pharaoh to “let My people go”, two things will happen; either the word of God will soften or harden the heart of the listener depending on where they are spiritually with God. The fact that some people are created for destruction is a puzzling concept to those lacking spiritual understanding.
The personal testimony of dealing with the death of a friend has the wisdom of the Bible mixed in with spiritual reasons why God allows bad things to take place in people’s lives. “Unstoppable” does not condemn or judge God on the reasons, but offers the opportunity to trust in God who will eventually balance the scales of justice in the end.
Death is not the end of the journey, but the beginning according to Christian belief.